Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

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First-Year Admissions

The Nittany Lion in front of the Schreyer Honors College sign

The first step in applying to the Schreyer Honors College is to begin the Penn State Undergraduate Admissions Application. The Penn State application is available on three platforms:


The link to the Schreyer Honors College application will be displayed in your MyPennState portal once you indicate your interest in the Honors College.

Coalition Application

The Schreyer application is integrated within the Coalition application.

Common Application

Students using the Common Application who indicate an interest in the Honors College will be redirected to MyPennState to complete the Schreyer application. Although we do not have a platform preference, we highly encourage students using the Common Application to complete their Penn State application early, as they will not have access to the Schreyer application until they submit the Penn State application.

The Schreyer Honors College admissions application includes:

  • Three required essay questions
  • Five short-answer questions about your leadership experiences, academic honors, etc.
  • Two recommendations
  • Your high school academic record (we will utilize the Self-Reported Academic Record you submitted as part of your Undergraduate Admissions application. No other documentation is required)

Standardized test scores are not evaluated for the Schreyer Honors College application, but you will need them for the general Penn State application. Due to the variety of grading scales, the Schreyer Honors College does not set a minimum grade point average for its applicants.

It has long been the practice of Schreyer Honors College not to consider standardized test scores as they are not accurate predictors of a student's success in the Schreyer Honors College.

Selection Criteria

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will evaluate your credentials for admission to the university, and a Selection Committee will review your Honors College application. These decisions are made independently of each other.

The Honors College application evaluation includes:

  • An academic record review, which includes the academic profile of your high school
  • An assessment of the three required written essays
  • An assessment of the five short-answer question responses
  • A reading of the letters of recommendation
  • An optional interview (see below)

For the written components, you should simply strive to write well. Clearly outline your ideas or positions. Share what you think (not what you think others want to read). Fill in the blanks. Help us get to know you. And, most importantly, be authentic.

Optional Interview

If we receive your application by November 1, you will be eligible to participate in an optional interview as part of the selection process.

Our goal is for you to have a comfortable conversation with one of our alumni volunteers. They are eager to meet you, learn more about your interest in Schreyer, and share with you some of their Penn State experiences.

Interview details:

  • Honors College alumni conduct interviews on specified dates in major metropolitan areas through the middle of December.
  • If a regional interview is not available in your area, arrangements may be made for you to meet with one of our alumni volunteers. The meeting will be conducted in person or through online conferencing if necessary.
  • You will be e-mailed once you submit your application about how to sign up for an interview. Remember, only students who submit their application by November 1 are eligible for an interview.
  • As this is an optional interview, your application will not be negatively impacted if you are not able to participate.
  • Every attempt will be made to accommodate all interview requests, but due to alumni availability, we cannot guarantee that every request will be honored.

Supplemental Information

If you have creative talents and/or accomplishments that you would like to share, you are welcome to submit supplemental information that will give us insight into your abilities. We do require all supplemental materials be submitted electronically at the time of application so please include links to a website where we can view your work. You may embed these links in the application where it is most appropriate; we often find the best placement to be within the short answer questions where you have the opportunity to discuss your activities and accomplishments. The application also includes space for applicants to provide additional information that cannot be included elsewhere.

You may also use the short-answer questions to discuss any additional information regarding your:

  • Home school/high school profiles and/or course descriptions
  • Substantial personal circumstances that may have impacted your academic performance

Admissions Timeline

Aug 1

Penn State/SHC Applications Available

The first day the Penn State and Schreyer Honors College applications are available to prospective students.

Sep 1

Admissions Interview Signup Opens

Admissions Interview portal will open for students who have submitted their Honors College application.

Oct 1

First Admissions Interviews Begin

Interviews will be scheduled between October 1 and December 10.

Nov 1

Penn State Early Action and Schreyer Application Priority Filing Deadline (11:59 PM EST)

The last day to submit your application to be eligible for an optional admissions interview. In order to meet this deadline, you must have a submitted application for both Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College. Please note that only your application is due by this date. Letters of recommendation need not be received by this date to be eligible for the optional alumni interview program.

Dec 3

Schreyer Application Deadline (11:59 PM EST)

The last day applications to the Schreyer Honors College are accepted. In order to meet this deadline, you must have a submitted application for both Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College and have submitted all of the required documentation for both applications.

Feb ??

Schreyer Decisions Released

Schreyer Honors College decisions are released by March 1. You will be notified of the exact date and time.

May 1

Penn State/Schreyer Offer Acceptance Deadline

The last date prospective students can accept their offers to Penn State and the Schreyer Honors College.

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